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					                            University Hill Secondary School

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Information Night at Langara College –February 28, 5-8pm
Visit www.langara.bc.ca for a listing of programs and services that will be available. Langara is located at 100 West 49th Avenue,
Vancouver. Grade 10s and 11s are welcome!

Capilano College Film Centre Open House – Saturday, March 3 from 12:00 to 4:00pm
Visit the facilities, see their programs in action and speak to instructors. The Film Centre enjoys a unique relationship with the BC
film industry and now offers a 4 years degree program in Motion Picture Production. Capilano College is located at 2055 Purcell Way,
North Vancouver. For more information, call 604.990.7868 or email film@capcollege.bc.ca.

Pharmacy Information Evening at UBC – Tuesday, March 6 from 6 to 7pm
Learn about the profession of pharmacy, career avenues and the pharmacy program at UBC. There will be a hospital and a community
pharmacist present to talk about the difference in both fields. Open to grade 11 and 12 students and their parents. The location for
this event has not yet been confirmed. Please e-mail Megan Harbin at harbinm@interchange.ubc.ca for location information.

New Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree at Langara
You can now complete a full degree in Business at Langara College and apply directly from high school. For more information about
the program visit www.langara.bc.ca/business.

Youth Canada Website – www.youthcanada.ca
A group of local university students put together this website to provide high school students with information about youth programs
that are available for high school students as well as advice about scholarships and Canadian/US university applications. Be sure
to check out this website!




A Guide to the BC Economy and Labour Market www.guidetobceconomy.org
Find out what kinds of jobs are available in the province, which industries are hiring new workers, what jobs are in demand, how
average earnings in a particular industry compare with those in the rest of the economy.




Get Free Training in a Skilled Trade, Earn High School Credits and Your High School Diploma!
Skilled tradespeople are in high demand in today’s economy and earning well-above average wages upon full certification in a trade.
The VSB offers a number of apprenticeship training programs for high school students entering grade 11 or 12 in areas such as
Automotive Collision Repair, Automotive Service Technician, Baking and Pastry Arts, Carpentry, Cook, Electrical, Hairdressing,
Machinist, and Sheet Metal Training. You can graduate from high school and in most cases have your Level 1 Certification in a trade.
For more information about these programs, speak to Ms. Paoluzzi. Application deadlines for many of these programs are in March
and April.




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    Trades Discovery Program this Summer for Grade 10 Students
    Are you curious about a career in the skilled trades and want more information before making a decision? The Vancouver School
    Board is offering a unique program this summer for grade 10 students to explore career choices in trades and technology.
    Participate in applied and hands-on learning as well as a one week work experience/job shadow opportunity in a specific trade.
    Gain a good understanding of the apprenticeable trades to help you make informed educational and career decisions. For more
    information, speak to Ms. Paoluzzi. Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 14th!

Website to Help You Learn about Careers in the Skilled Trades
Check out www.theskilledlife.com and find out about the vast number of opportunities in the skilled trades.




Spring Break Focus Days at UBC for Grade 10, 11 and 12 Students
Choose from among a menu of activity options based on your own interests and preferences. Go on a tour or cruise the campus
yourself, sit in on information sessions or university classes, and talk with current students, faculty and staff. For more information,
visit www.students.ubc.ca/welcome/events.cfm?page=focus.

Spring Break Outdoor Adventure Course – March 17 to March 23, 2007
Educo Adventure School is offering a 6-day wilderness adventure program for male and female students ages 13 to 18. Challenge
yourself and discover your inner qualities and strengths. Program limited to only 12 students. For more information and to register ,
call 1-877-245-9191 or e-mail educo@bcinternet.net. www.educo.ca.

Spring Break Pre-Professional Performing Arts Intensive at Arts Umbrella – Mar 19-23, 2007
In-depth, professional training for young actors in grades 8 to 12. For more information, visit www.artsumbrella.com.

Student Police Academy Program – July 3-14, 2007
The New Westminster Police Service is offering a unique 9-day course this summer where you will have the opportunity to receive real
police academy training. Only 24 spots available. You must submit applications through your counsellor with a supporting letter of
reference for screening purposes. Application forms are available in the counseling office or you can download one from
http://www.nwpolice.org/specialevents/spa2007package.pdf.

High School Outreach Programs at the University of Toronto for Grades 10-12
The cost for each of these programs is $585 which includes tuition, all academic supplies, accommodation and meals. Application
deadline is March 30, 2007, but students are encouraged to apply earlier due to high demand. For more information and to download
an application form, visit the website www.utoronto.ca/hsp/
     Helix Project – Experience what it would be like for a week to be a student in the Life Sciences at U of T. Hear lectures
          from top professors and gain hands-on experience in research laboratories. Students should have a strong career interest in
          the Life Sciences and Medicine. Two sessions offered: May 14-18 and May 21-25.
     Soulpepper High School Outreach Project - for students with a strong interest in studying the Dramatic Arts. This is a
          unique opportunity to learn about theatre from a professional theatre company. Students will explore aspects of performance
          creation through hands-on activities that integrate writing, improvisation, text-work and collective creation. Two sessions
          offered: May 21-25 and May 28-June 1.
     FastForward Project – Experience what it would be like to be a music student at U of T. Lectures and practical workshops
          are presented by some of Canada’s leading music professors and performers. You will also learn about the many other fields
          of study available through the Faculty of Arts and Science. Two sessions offered: May 14-18 and May 21-25.

Reel 2 Real International Festival for Youth – February 23 to March 2, 2007
Watch films you can’t see anywhere else. Visit www.r2rfestival.org for information and film listings.

Join the Cadets – it’s free and fun!
With over 55,000 sea, army and air cadets across Canada – both male and female between the ages of 12 and 18 – it’s a great way to
make friends, develop new skills and engage in fun activities and exciting challenges. The Cadet program may help you develop self-
confidence, self-esteem and teamwork. Other benefits may include high school credits, scholarships and training in public speaking---
and there’s no expectation to join the Canadian Forces. Cadets meet one evening per week and on some weekends during the school
year. For more information and to find a cadet program, visit www.cadets.ca and select the link “To Join.”




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Digital Bootcamp – Work Experience for Grade 11 & 12 Students in Digital Arts Entertainment and
Information Technology
The Centre for Arts & Technology in Kelowna offers a 4-day work experience in audio engineering, digital film, animation and gaming
or graphic & digital media design that closely emulates what it would be like to work in any of these industries. Application deadline is
March 12, 2007. The program is free, except for a $40 registration fee. Accommodation is extra. Possibility for a homestay
arrangement. See website for details. Apply on-line at www.digitalartschool.com.




Volunteers Needed for “Winterruption Festival” at False Creek Community Centre – Feb 25th
Help out with games and other fun activities offered to the public as part of the Winterruption festivities taking place at Granville
Island. Volunteers needed to work from 9am to 1pm on Sunday, February 25 th. Interested students should contact Sandy Ferrin as
soon as possible at sandy.ferrin@vancouver.ca or 604.257.8193.

Volunteers Needed for "Diva on the Run" Women's 8km Run - Sunday, March 18 from 8am to 11:00am
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society needs volunteers at water stations to hand out water to runners and cheer them on. Complete a
sign-up form (available in the file box in the counseling office) by March 1st.

BC Cancer Foundation’s “UnderWear Affair” 10K Run/5K Walk Needs Volunteers
Pre-event and event day volunteer opportunities are available. Visit www.uncoverthecure.org for more information. Interested
students should email infoBC@uncoverthecure.org to find out about volunteer opportunities and to sign up.

Volunteer for the Vancouver International Marathon
Register now to volunteer for the Marathon on Sunday, May 6th. Lots of position available, including opportunities during Race Week
and at the Healthy Nutrition & Wellness Expo. Pick up a flyer and application form from the Career Centre. On-line registration is
not available for individuals under 19. For more information, visit www.bmovanmarathon

Kidney Foundation Recruiting Volunteer Canvassers for March Kidney Month
Pair up with a friend and canvass a route close to your home to collect donations. Volunteers will be eligible to enter into a draw for a
chance to win great prizes! Pick up an application in the Counselling office.


      Are you looking for meaningful ways to get involved in volunteer work locally? Have you visited the Volunteer
      Vancouver website? They post hundreds of volunteer jobs on their on-line database. Visit www.govolunteer.ca.
      Interested in global issues? Consider volunteering for an organization that is involved with global issues or
      development work in lesser-developed countries, such as World Vision, Oxfam, Free the Children, and Amnesty
      International.




Worksafe Video Contest - Start Your First Job Safely
Are you a high school student looking to make a difference? Here is your chance to make workplaces safer and win $$$ for you, your
team and your school! Get a team together and create a short public service video about workplace safety. Deadline for submission is
April 20, 2007. For contest details, visit www.worksafebc.com, select Safety at Work and Young Worker links.

Technology Scholarship for Students in Grades 6-12 – Design a website and win a MacBook
One MacBook will be awarded in each of 6 grade-entry categories. Visit the website www.bcssa.org/newsroom/scholarships.html for
contest details. Entries must be received by March 20, 2007. Contest funded by the BC School Superintendents Association in
partnership with Apple Canada and BCEd Online.

2007 Commonwealth Essay Competition
4 prizes awarded for different age categories. High school students between the ages of 13 and 18 are eligible to apply. Students
choose an essay topic from the list provided. Each school can only submit 4 essays per age Class (i.e. 12-13 years, 14-15 years, and 16-
18 years). Information available from Ms. Paoluzzi. Deadline for essays to reach the Royal Commonwealth Society is March 1,
2007.


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Global Stewardship Essay Contest
The Global Stewardship Program at Capilano College is offering a $250 prize for the best essay on the topic: “What message would
Lester B. Pearson have for young people today?” The essay must be between 500 and 700 words. For more information and details,
visit www.capcollege.bc.ca/programs/global-stewardship/essay-contest.html. Contest deadline: March 16, 2007




Heart & Stroke Foundation High School Summer Research Program for Current Grade 11 Students
This exciting 3 ½ week work experience will allow you to take an active part in the ongoing research of a cardiovascular scientist. In
addition to lab work, students will have an opportunity to learn about community support for cardiovascular health through activities
such as CPR certification, watching an open-heart surgery and riding along on an ambulance shift. This program is open to grade 11
students (15 years old or older) with a strong interest in Biology or Medicine and who have a grade of 90% or higher in Bio 11 or 12
and an 86% average on any 2 additional science/math courses. Pick up an application package from Ms. Paoluzzi. Application
deadline: May 1, 2007. This is a well recognized program and UBC actively recruits students who have completed this program. For
more information, visit www.heartandstroke.bc.ca.

International Summer School Program Offered in the United Kingdom – July 18 to Aug 14/07
Take English 10, 11 or 12, Creative Writing 12 or PE 12 while traveling to Edinburgh and Oxford. Earn BC provincial credits and
take the provincial exam in Oxford before returning home. Program offered by St. Michaels University School and Collingwood
School. Pick up a brochure in the Career Centre or visit www.collingwood.org.

Summer Studies in Greece through the Canadian Lyceum of Greece
Founded by a group of dedicated Canadian teachers, the Lyceum is a school located in Crete where students can take high school
academic courses in the summer and earn Ontario high school credits while going on excursions and sightseeing adventures. For more
information, visit www.thelyceum.ca.

St. George’s University in Grenada Offers “Camp Medicine” Program – June 27 to July 6, 2007
At Camp Medicine, you will get the opportunity to see what it takes to become a doctor or veterinarian. Participate in lectures,
classrooms activities and practical lab work as well as fun, recreational activities. Open to high school students ages 15 to 17. St.
George’s University has been offering medical education for 28+ years and attracts students from all over the world. For more
information, visit www.sgu.edu/website/sguwebsite.nsf/som/summer-camp.html. A DVD describing the program is available on
loan. See Ms. Paoluzzi.

Capilano College Offers Two 8-week Summer Intensive Programs in Animation Fundamentals and
Computer Animation & Visual Effects
Designed for students seeking a career in animation who want to develop their skills and portfolio prior to applying to a full-time
Commercial Animation or Digital Animation program. Class size limited to 22 students. Runs from July 3 to Aug 24, Monday to
Friday, 9am to 4pm. Must apply and submit portfolio of 5 drawings by April 23, 2007. For more information, contact the Animation
Department at 604.983.7516 or anim@gradshow.com.

Creative Intensive Courses at Capilano College This Summer
If you’re looking for a career as a designer, illustrator or fine artist and want to develop your portfolio for admission to art school,
consider taking a summer intensive foundations course. Open to students in grade 11 and 12. You can take 1 course or all 5 and
obtain a Foundations in Illustration & Design Certificate. Courses start June 25, 2007. For more information, call 604.990.7942 or
email mhicks@idea.capcollege.bc.ca.

Emily Carr College of Arts Summer Institute for Teens – the Pre-College Experience
Emily Carr offers a challenging and intensive art experience for student who have completed grade 10, 11 or 12 by the summer of
2007. This is a four-week, full-time art and design studio-based program held at the Granville Island campus from July 9 to August 3.
Space is limited. Register by March 15 for a discounted tuition fee. For more information, visit
www.eciad.ca/studies/cs/summer/teens.

Pearson College Seminar on Youth Leadership – July 26 to August 16, 2007
An innovative and experiential 3-week program for 100 youth ages 15-18 from North America and around the world. Broaden your
perspective on key world issues and receive training to develop leadership skills in the areas of ecological sustainability, social justice
and international understanding. This exceptional program is well recognized by major universities across the country. For more
information, visit www.psyl.ca.

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Better Business Bureau of Mainland BC Student Ethics Award – 2 awards of $1,000 each
Open to Grade 11 and 12 students. Applicants must demonstrate their commitment to high ethical behaviour & provide
documentation in the following areas: Leadership (20%); Community Service (20%); Academic Achievement (30%); 500-word
Essay (30%). Deadline: March 23/07. Pick up application form from the Career Centre.

BC Hydro Power Pioneers – Community Service Award
Open to students 18 years of age and under who have made outstanding contributions to their community for a considerable
amount of time; or a one-time project that the student initiated, organized and contributed to significantly. The award is $500 and
available in 15 regions in B.C. Application forms are available in the Career Centre. Application deadline: March 31, 2007




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pplication forms are available in the Career Centre. Application deadline: March 31, 2007




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